New benches at Kinney made from plastic bags

New benches at Kinney made from plastic bags

Image Credit: Dan Starcher

Those taking a stroll around the county-owned property at Kinney Field will notice the addition of two new benches along the asphalt path, donated by the Wooster Noon Lions Club.

“Each bench represents 500 pounds of plastic shopping bags,” club member Steve Thornton said. “Can you imagine that many bags piled up? That would be a pretty big pile.”

The benches are produced by the Virginia-based Trex Corporation, formed in 1996, and offer the industry’s most comprehensive array of high-performance composite products available in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Once the club collected the bags and transported them to Trex, the benches took six months to arrive. Thornton attributes the extended wait time to their popularity.

“This is the first time we have done this, but we would like to do more,” Thornton said. “Once we collect enough bags, we will have more benches.”

While the benches are commercially available in retail stores, Thornton said there is no cost to get the benches made to Wayne County or the Noon Lions Club.

Becky Thornton, Steve’s wife and Noon Lions Club member, said projects like the park benches fit into the club’s global environmental effort. Other causes include diabetes, vision, hunger and pediatric cancer.

“This helps keep plastic out of the oceans and landfills and puts it to good use,” she said.

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Dan Starcher is a public communications specialist for the Wayne County government.